Chris Hemworth and Tessa Thompson play a fresh set of MIB agents in the trailer for Men in Black International. Based on the comic book series, the Men in Black movie franchise kicked off in 1997 and has since grossed more than $1.65 billion at the global box office. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones starred in the original MIB film trilogy as J and K, a pair of MIB agents who spend their days protecting the earth from alien threats and doing their part to maintain order among the law-abiding extraterrestrials who (secretly) live on our planet.
The property is getting a continuation with International - a spinoff that takes place in the same universe as the previous Men in Black movies, but shifts the action to MIB's London headquarters (rather than its New York base from the original trilogy). Hemsworth and Thompson's MIB agents, H and M, are joined in the film by Emma Thompson as Agent O (reprising her Men in Black 3 role) and Liam Neeson as the head of MIB's UK branch. The movie's International title was unveiled during Brazil's Comic Con Experience at the beginning of the month, ahead of its trailer being released online.
You can watch the Men in Black International trailer in the space below. The spinoff was written by Matt Holloway and Art Marcum (Iron Man), with F. Gary Gray - of The Italian Job, Straight Outta Compton, and The Fate of the Furious fame - calling the shots. Sony's expected to attach the International trailer to its Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly comedy, Holmes and Watson, when it opens in theaters next week. The studio has also released a poster for the film, as you can see.
According to the synopsis, Men in Black International pits H and M against "their biggest, most global threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization". The trailer indicates Hemsworth and Thompson's dynamic in the movie will be somewhat akin to their playful interplay as Thor and Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok, but with some obvious changes (namely, H and M both seem less goofy than their Ragnarok counterparts). It's nice to see their relationship isn't a reshash of J and K's partnership from the previous MIB films, and aims to offer something fresher. That includes a proper backstory for M, who's spent years trying to find and join the MIB after somehow uncovering their existence.
Beyond that, however, Men in Black International looks and feels a whole lot like the MIB adventures before it, if the trailer is anything to go by. The spinoff doesn't seem particularly interested in trying to reinvent the wheel, its changes in cast/location and improved visual effects aside. That may or may not be a good thing, depending on how excited audiences are to return to this particular sci-fi universe after three installments already. We'll get a firm answer to that question next June, when Men in Black International goes... er, international.
Source: Sony Pictures
- Men in Black International (2019) release date: Jun 14, 2019